AU – Congratulations to Dr. Rita Katharina Seethaler (from Taggerty Vic. and Bern, Switzerland), for being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent Queens Birthday Honours List for service to steelband music, and to the community.
Rita was recognised for her community work in two areas in which she has had a passionate interest for many years; steelbands and the environment (founding and continued work with the Murrindindii Climate Network).
Her idea to start a steelband in the Marysville area after the 2009 Bushfires led to the birth of Triangle Steelbands which helped rebuild the community through music. Triangle Steelbands continue as a major force in the PANZ (Pan Australia & New Zealand) community to this day.